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OFF THE CUFF with Larry Sharpe: The Marine Mindset

Larry Sharpe

06/15/2020
By Larry Sharpe

During trying times like the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s important to have a strong mindset. We went off the cuff with Larry Sharpe to learn about his experience as a Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, and the lessons he learned. Larry was a candidate for governor of the state of New York in 2018, where he earned about 100,000 votes. Today, he uses his leadership experience to train C-level executives at companies of all sizes, and splits his time between executive coaching, podcasts, and political activism. In this first part of our ongoing series with Larry Sharpe, he gives advice on developing mental strength to power through the toughest of times.

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Larry Sharpe and other US Marines
Larry Sharpe, Staff Sergeant, USMC 1986–1993

Be Prepared

Larry loves going off the cuff and considers it one of his main strengths. In order to be spontaneous, Larry says you have to train hard so you can be prepared to work hard. Furthermore, be smart and build your mental toughness, in order to anticipate which tasks you may be called upon to perform.

During Larry’s gubernatorial race, he campaigned for an 18-month stretch without any significant breaks. During this time he did over 30 events per month. Every event was live and unscripted and he never used any notes. That’s more than 550 events in a row, day in day out, with no breaks. Larry had to call upon his Marine mindset to manage such a heavy schedule.

Everything is Temporary

In boot camp, Larry learned just how far he could push his body. It was a grueling experience that felt endless. However, he knew that it would be over in three months, and this gave him the confidence to see it through to completion.

Understand that you are a Marine

Like any other growth mindset, a Marine mindset is good when you work at it. When you are a Marine, everything you do matters. You represent not just yourself but the entire Marine Corps, and the United States. Larry believes that this lesson has value for everyone, not just the Marines. Your successes will help you rise and your failures will drag you down. Remember who you are and what you stand for, and you will be able to build the mental toughness you need to succeed.

Build Your Mental Strength 

Larry loves helping people, and in tough times he gets excited because he knows he can make a difference. Marines run toward trouble and accept the consequences. Building and maintaining mental strength helps Larry as he fights impossible odds to find success.

But, even the joys of victory are temporary. You should enjoy it while it’s there and embrace it fully because tomorrow it will be gone. There will be another battle, more hard work, more setbacks, and even better victories waiting for you. You can achieve success when you prepare and build yourself into someone willing to put in the work.

Watch the full video with Larry Sharpe and find out how you can adapt the Marine mindset for your own life!

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